@PlanetBrandee LIVE from Long Island!

@PlanetBrandee LIVE from Long Island!

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 8.12.00 PMYes, it says live from Long Island! Sure, it’s not a far flung or exotic locale, but it is in fact, where this lucky shopper and many others happened to be at the Grand Re-opening of the latest Goodwill store! Located at 1900 Jericho Turnpike in East Northport, the new store was bright and airy, and dangerously filled with SO much thrifting swag I had to take a car home. It was THAT serious! PlanetBrandee was on the scene, helping local talent get their thrift fix on. This lucky shopper below had scored a perfect Ann Taylor tunic dress in shifty poplin for only $19.99, an absolute steal that had me lining my own bags with a similar Loft dress in cozy schlub knit earl grey tones.

HOUSEWARES for your LIFE!

Maybe I’m getting old, (what like you’re timeless lol?!), but I am really into stoneware and copper lately. And perched on the second shelf at eye level was a breathtaking handmade, (and signed!), earthenware vase. That and some fabulous pre-decorated votives lined with gold lace are now the latest members of my DIY wedding ensem! (And yes, I *promise* more on that later!).

CLOTHES and SHOES for DAYS!

I am just going to leave you with this: there is literally NO where else I have ever found mint condition Cole Haan leather loafers in spotless wear for only $30.00. Nowhere I tell you! And I’ve trekked everywhere in NYC and across the country, and this recessionista was beyond the moon at the shoe department here! Not only did I get a chance to help pick the best kicks for our lucky customers, (do you SEE these heels ladies! Orig $500 going for $30 WHAT!), but I also scored loafers AND these incredible gold tone pineapple slip on flips! Absolutely gorgeous and ideal for these lazy, long last days of summer!

So in closing: what a FAB store re-opening and what a brill shopping spree! From my windowsill to the wall and even down to my shoe rack, each room now has a gorgeous addition thanks to the killer shelves and curation of the Goodwill team at Northport. Needless to say, I’m already excited for the Union Square opening coming up in September! Right in the heart of the city AND great shopping? Please. Sign me UP and hope to see you at the racks!

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GOODWILL SAYS THANKS ON TUESDAYS WITH 25% OFF STOREWIDE

Customer Appreciation Days (by Region) – Tuesdays in SeptemberCustAppDay

Feel the love as Goodwill offers 25% off on all merchandise:

September 1 – New York City & Long Island

For store locations, visit our Website.

This Week’s Window Sales

Friday, August 28

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • East 23rd Street, tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Saturday, August 29

  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • New Rochelle – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Binghamton – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Springfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Vestel – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Window Sale General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules
  • For store locations, visit our website at here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.

To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

LAURENS GOODWILL GEMS: Back to (Fashion) School

Back to (Fashion) School

Pretty soon, it will be Labor Day. Warm nights and days at the beach are almost gone, and it’s time to get back in gear – ready for school, ready for longer work days and weeks, ready to be and look and feel totally professional again.

But that doesn’t mean you have to be boring. Yes, fall is the time to buckle down and get serious, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like an old frump every time you head out to class or work or an important meeting. You can look professional while still giving your look a bit of personality, and that’s exactly what this week’s Goodwill gem can help you do. Find a beautiful, sleek, and still completely practical black leather bag like this one, and you’re set for the year! It’s relaxed and fun, with a slightly slouchy, boho-inspired feel to it that’s perfect for days (or nights) out with friends – but the casual-chic shape is balanced by the classic black leather material, which gives this purse a sophisticated and dressier feel that makes it ideal for work days, too. The long strap, numerous pockets and larger (but not enormous) size mean this bag is just right for holding all of your everyday essentials and helping you tote them around comfortably.

Classic, elegant, work-ready style doesn’t have to be difficult. Throw on a bag like this black leather find every morning before you dash out the door to instantly add a polished and still totally pretty piece to your professional looks.
Classic, elegant, work-ready style doesn’t have to be difficult. Throw on a bag like this black leather find every morning before you dash out the door to instantly add a polished and still totally pretty piece to your professional looks.

Don’t overdo it. The key to looking perfectly put-together and yet still feeling comfortable in your skin is not trying too hard – put forth some effort to coordinate an appropriate look, but don’t go overboard, and allow yourself to choose pieces that you feel at ease in – no lady truly looks chic and stylish if she looks horribly uncomfortable. Here, I’ve paired my sweet new leather bag with a pair of totally classic, slim-cut black pants – the kind of pants you can wear for years and years, with absolutely anything, and always feel good in.  My new bag goes so perfectly with these bottoms because they’re basically two of a kind – comfortable, sleek, classic black pieces that you always feel good in, and that never go out of style. On top, I’ve added a blouse in pale pink and an airy, silky fabric to lighten up the whole look (summer’s not over yet!), but you could just as easily wear a pair of pants and purse like these with darker, long-sleeved blouses or sweaters throughout the fall and winter for an equally polished (but still cozy and weather-appropriate) look.

 Mix and match classic, comfy, cozy pieces and top them off with a go-everywhere bag for an endless array of outfits that are flattering, pretty, and polished and that you can wear with ease all year long.
Mix and match classic, comfy, cozy pieces and top them off with a go-everywhere bag for an endless array of outfits that are flattering, pretty, and polished and that you can wear with ease all year long.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

@PlanetBrandee – Staying Alive 70’s Style!

Welcome to the 70’s Flashback!

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 4.04.11 PMBrush off your obnoxiously bright late summer polyester, grab your chunkiest Jeffrey Campbell and pile on the Farrah Fawcett waves, we’re going retro with this Friday’s Welcome to the 70’s Flashback!

From full cat bodysuits to Michelle Pfeiffer inspired slink dresses, the 70’s were a wild and eclectic mix of fashion influences. One foot set in tube sock futuristic roller skating parties and the other in funkytown ala Studio 54. Rooting through your local Goodwill’s racks is an easy place to find pieces that can be up cycled for modern wear without getting you too much of a warning from the Street Fashion Police.

The easiest ways to work this fun era is with wide collars and bell bottoms. We found a vintage corduroy pair for only $14.99. Paired with a fresh white shirt and some vintage Euro style boots we scored for $19.99 (Eat your heart out Austin Powers!).

Secondly if you can live through the polyester, DVF has some FAB finds and more than once I’ve found some killer patterned wrap dresses to die for and ALL under $40.00 which is a STEAL when some on Ebay are $80 for opening bid! Pair with a savvy suede pump and call it corporate ready! Speaking of which, if you’re aiming for workplace appropriate, make things fun with chunky set of Lucite bangles or a pop or a strong brow and glossy lip, both of which harken that 70’s maven look. Keep the tresses natural and your walk confident and you’ll be feeling like Diane in no time!

And lastly, if all this disco talk sounds too intimidating, and head to toe Staying Alive isn’t your bag of Studio 54, try it in small doses, a metallic clutch, some champagne colored eyeshadow, or better yet keep your eyes peeled at Goodwill for a floor length leather coat, perfect for transitioning to early fall nights when summer is winding down.

So from the Bee Gee’s to Funkytown, get inspired! Clean out that dusty disco closet, and start prepping your staying alive wardrobe NOW! Freshen up your gear for late summer and get your glitter going for September, turn up the music and above all: HAVE FUN! Annnnnnd keep your eyes peeled for a potentially fun video series I’ll be helming this Fall on fashion! And follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

EAST NORTHPORT STORE in LI REOPENS 8/20!

EAST NORTHPORT STORE in LI REOPENS 8/20!

unnamedYou are invited to come shop at Goodwill’s newly renovated East Northport store on Thursday, August 20, for its grand reopening starting at 10 a.m..

There is a bus staff can take from the Astoria HQ that leaves Astoria at 9:30 a.m. and returns from East Northport at 1 p.m. Please get permission from your supervisor and email Clara Costello at X344 ASAP if you want to go. Space is limited, so first come-first served.

If you have friends or family on Long Island, we’d appreciate it if you’d spread the word.

Goodwill East Northport Store & Donation Center – Grand Reopening, 8/20

1900 Jericho Turnpike

East Northport, NY 11731

631-462-4219

Regular Hours:

MondayWednesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m.8 p.m.

Today is National Thrift Store Day

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Today is National Thrift Store Day

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey is excited to promote National Thrift Store Day Today Monday, August 17, 2015. All our New York City stores, except the Van Dam outlet in Queens, will offer 15% off storewide.

How do thrift stores help our economy?

Shopping second-hand not only helps shoppers save money, it reduces waste and conserves resources. In addition, buying goods from non-profit thrift stores supports those organizations’ important social-service missions. (NYC Recycles)

When you shop at Goodwill NYNJ, you help to support our programs which find work for individuals with all types of disabilities, youth at risk, immigrant and refugees, welfare applicants or recipients, unskilled or mature workers, U.S. veterans and their spouses, and any person with barriers to employment.

Last year, Goodwill NYNJ provided access to opportunities to build careers and strong families to 95,000 people and helped more than 8,400 individuals to earn a job.

Here are 10 reasons why thrift stores are awesome by Katherine M.

    • As a parent, there’s no better way to dress growing kids than by going to the thrift store.
    • Because thrift store items are so cheap, it’s fun to experiment with styles or colors that you might not usually buy.
    • Thrift store items are typically higher quality simply by virtue of being there.
    • Thrift stores are an opportunity to develop your own unique sense of style.
    • There are really fabulous finds on all the racks at the thrift store.
    • There are no hovering salespeople waiting to make a commission off your purchase.
    • Thrift stores go beyond clothes.
    • Shopping at the thrift store leads to less hoarding.
    • Many thrift stores support the community.

Does Goodwill offer student discounts?

Yes, if you are a student (or a senior or U.S. military member or veteran), the discount doesn’t end on August 17 for you. Students are entitled to a 10% discount Monday – Friday. Just show your ID and ask for the discount when checking out. Or if you are a Goodwill rewards card member, request that you be designated as a student in your enrollment information. That way, you’ll get both your discount and you’ll accrue points. Shop more for less this school year!

What was your first thrift store experience like?

Find a Goodwill store near you

http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill. To get the latest fashion trends and tips and learn about our upcoming promotions, please read our thrift fashion blog A Good Look

Late summer closet purge plus tweed redux

Late summer closet purge plus tweed redux

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 3.11.12 PMThe annual summer closet purge is complete. The donations are out and the wedge heels are almost ready to be wrapped into the closet to prepare for: FALL.

That’s right, I said it, FALL!

And you know what that means, right? Late summer into early fall means we go look for TWEED indeed my good little fashionistas! Brace for maximum tweedom impact! Now, I’m not going to lie, I have a history AND closet FULL of tweed – tweed jackets, tweed hat, tweed knee socks, even a tweed pencil skirt, and most of it from Goodwill.

Wearing tweed makes you feel like having a walk on role in Downtown Abbey, even if you’re just hailing a cab. From Alice+Olivia tweed shorts originally priced at $198, scored for $14.99, to a beautiful vintage jacket for only $19.99. Life just looks cooler in tweed, which is MEGA-Instagram worthy! It’s prep without the pretension, and flattering across the board for all shapes and sizes.

The easiest ways to work this VERY early fall closet planning are the standby classic tweed pants, go high waisted and wide legged to instantly invoke the hot runway trend of cool androgyny and keep with a textured tank for the late summer. Dressing for the subway requires about 1,348 layers as all New Yorkers know. Personally, I prefer tweed shorts with a breezy silk chemise, chunky statement necklace, and a nice pair of well-worn in oxfords. Focus on: Less Sherlock Holmes, more sophisticated Ivy League gal. It’s still summer, but let’s be ready for those late night chilly breezes to start anytime now.

The versatility with tweed is that it’s dressy, but at the same time, outdoorsy. Originally created for 19th Century elite and later adapted into classic winter wear, you can pair it with a vintage pencil skirt, or a simple crisp white dress shirt/bowtie combo which all the Jazz Age kids go crazy for!

If you’re aiming for workplace appropriate, make things fun with chunky knit sweaters over a tweed dress or statement necklaces topping a tweed blazer with a pop of color in a silk chemise peeking out from beneath. I can’t fail to mention, tweed is a travel WIN! Tweed when you travel is the height of class, and keeps you looking like you’re returning from a grand voyage abroad, even if it’s just from a Greyhound bus station in Newark, NJ. (Sorry, NJ, we love you? Kinda?). Focus on: Less sweatpants on a late summer plane jaunt and more tweed jackets on a train!

And lastly, if all this tweed talk sounds too intimidating, and head to toe huntress/hunter isn’t your bag of Earl Grey tea, try dipping your toes in with a smaller, upcoming seasonal appropriate piece like a tweed pageboy cap, pocket square, tweed bowtie or a nice pair of tweed socks peeking under some leather oxfords for the gents. Tweed is an equal opportunity dresser, so the guys have a chance to get on board with this fun too!

So from the streets to the stables, get inspired! Clean out that summer closet, and start prepping your fall wardrobe NOW! Freshen up your gear for late August and get your avant garde going for September. Annnnnnd keep your eyes peeled for a potentially fun video series I’ll be helming this Fall on fashion! And follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

Score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Know of an awesome window sale you’re going to be at? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

NATIONAL THRIFT STORE DAY IN NEW YORK CITY AUGUST 17

GOODWILL JOINS OTHER NONPROFITS TO MARK NATIONAL THRIFT STORE DAY IN NEW YORK CITY AUGUST 17

unnamedNew York City Thrift Store Day – Next Monday, August 17

Goodwill joins Monday with other nonprofits that make up ReuseNYC to celebrate New York City Thrift Store Day. All our NYC stores except the Van Dam outlet in Queens will offer 15% off storewide.

For all store locations, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all.

Eight NYC Stores Hold Window Sales This Weekend

Friday, August 14

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • East 23rd Street, tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Saturday, August 15

  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Window Sale General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules
  • For store locations, visit our website at here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

LAURENS GOODWILL GEMS: This Is How You Wear Shorts to Work

This Is How You Wear Shorts to Work

Summer is quickly drawing to a close. Nights, at least, are getting cooler and breezier (thank goodness!), the sun is starting to set a little earlier, and September is only a few weeks away. But the warm weather and carefree, sunny days aren’t entirely over yet—which is why I fully support you living up these last summer days to the fullest, in every small way that you can!

Get fun, playful, glam. And yes, it is possible to find pieces that will work with your summer wardrobe and that still encompass all of those amazing attributes at once. This week’s stunning find is a pair of vintage-inspired earrings that make costume jewelry look way cooler and more gorgeous than you’ve ever imagined that it could. These shimmering rhinestone and faux-gem earrings can add some much-needed sparkle to your more chic summer looks, but the soft grey and clear stones will easily pair with your favorite fall and winter pieces, too, so you can wear these beauties all year long! The classy vintage look will instantly add a bit of retro, ladylike glam to outfit and take otherwise basic items to the next level.

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Take your style game up a notch—in a snap!—by popping in these pretty, shimmering, vintage-inspired earrings.

Dress for the heat. Enjoy the end of summer fashion by getting the most out of your warm-weather pieces during this last month—and wear your shorts to work! Yes, many offices are allowing slightly more casual (or just trendier) attire, and that means that there is a work-appropriate way to work those shorts. The key to pulling it off? Pair tailored, well-fitting shorts with a dressier top and accessories to keep your whole ensemble looking classy and elegant, no matter the length of your bottoms. Choosing a well-cut pair of shorts without any fading, discoloration, fraying or other distressed features will ensure they look suitable for the office, but as long as they fit those criteria (and you’re in a place that lets you wear jeans), you can still go with a more casual fabric like denim, as I’ve done here. On top, I’ve chosen a silky, neutral shell and loose-fitting, open-front blouse on top. Both pieces are in light, airy, refined fabrics and the second blouse—which I’m using almost like a cardigan here—could also be belted to give it a more svelte and fitted feel. Popping on one stunning, attention-grabbing accessory, like my newly-found and very glamorous earrings, is all that’s needed to take this simply and pretty outfit to a place that feels fabulously sophisticated and chic, with minimal effort.

Play with pretty, high-end, glamorous accessories and more casual clothing items to bring together a balanced look that’s perfect for a hot summer day in the office (and drinks afterward, too!).
Play with pretty, high-end, glamorous accessories and more casual clothing items to bring together a balanced look that’s perfect for a hot summer day in the office (and drinks afterward, too!).

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

@PlanetBrandee Goes Fenton Fantastical

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A true story of love and vintage hobnail milk glass

Most obsessions start small, a little bit here, a quickie there, no big deal. But then the scales tip, the fever breaks and your new love is all you can think about:

Where is it? Is this the best one? When can I get more? WHO HAS IT!

And that, dear readers is what brings me to today’s topic of milk glass and hobnail vintage.

Working with vintage and antiques since the 90’s when the up-cycling life kicked in for me, I grew to love “shabby chic.” Not just because it’s a more approachable version of the haute,gilded looks of Hollywood Regency –I’m saving that for next week’s post- but because it’s sweet, romantic, well worn, and above all, attainable. A jaunt through most thrift stores, Goodwill included, and I can find a veritable treasure trove of glassware, one of my favorites is Fenton. So come trek through the streets of New York City and learn a little history too, as we dig out the Finest of Fenton Hobmail Milk Glass.

Getting Schooled:

So what IS “Milk Glass” exactly? Basically, milk glass, also commonly known in vintage circles as Fenton or Hobnail Glass, is a cloudy and opaque glassware which became popular during the end of the 19th century, particularly in regions of France. And according to some historians, it was often considered a product of the ‘fin de siècle’, also known as the end of the century bourgeoisie. In many regions, milk glass went hand in hand with expressionistic French culture and top tier families.

First Hob Stop: Chelsea Goodwill

Now that we know more, we can go shopping! Put down your book and let’s trek to Chelsea in NYC. This store has so much glassware sometimes it hurts! I found a few gems here, including a cake platter and a vintage fenton-esque vase, replete with nobbed lip and curved base. To get them, both would be coming home for under $20! Win-win for my windowsill and my wallet.

Second Hob Stop: Harlem Thrifting

Although this Goodwill store is HUGE and always full of the craziest things, there was no Fenton to be found. I was haphazardly distracted by a few other local hot spots that specialize in your grandma’s kitsch, no dice. We did find a fab pair of leather moccasins to take home though, so not too shabby! See what I did there? ☺

And final hob stop: Goodwill Online, Etsy, Ebay AND your local Churches!

You’d be shocked what gorgeous gems can be unearthed online at your local yard sale or church event. We found more than our fair share recently with an intricately 14K gold nobbed ashtray from the mid-70’s and a handful of heay plated silverware. All in all, more Fenton milk glass AND giving back to those in need at the Goodwill and local spots, feels good to DO good!

So if you’re a fan of simple and sweet, and enjoy Grandma’s treasures, or maybe just love old things, think about holding one to one or two pieces to add to an eclectic bookshelf or empty windowsill. Throw some colorful buds in the mix and the look is modern but romantic!

Score an amazing #Goodwillfind?!

Obsessed with vintage glass?

Trying to keep your vintage closet full of new swag?

Let me know! And follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes